Pa. man found injured along creek

August 26, 1997


Staff Writer

A Greencastle, Pa., man who has been missing since last Wednesday was found lying along Conococheague Creek Monday afternoon, injured from what police authorities called an attempted murder.

Darrius Fetterhoff, 58, of the 300 block of Grant Street, was taken to Washington County Hospital shortly after he was found with head injuries at about 3 p.m., according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department. He was in critical condition Monday night, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Fetterhoff's wife reported him missing to the Greencastle Police Department Wednesday night. Earlier in the day, he was seen in the Hagerstown area in his car with a black man and a white woman, deputies said.


The car, a 1991 silver Ford Tempo, was found Sunday abandoned on Broadfording Road off Salem Avenue in Hagerstown, deputies said. Deputies conducted an exhaustive search with police dogs but could not find Fetterhoff, authorities said.

At about 3 p.m. on Monday, Fetterhoff was found along the Conococheague Creek east of the Creek Bridge on Broadfording Road, deputies said.

Greencastle Mayor Frank L. Mowen said Monday night that Fetterhoff's disappearance stunned the community.

"He didn't seem the type of person that would take off on his own like that. It was a shock," Mowen said. "I guess everyone's at a loss to explain it. We all were certainly hoping it wasn't foul play."

Mowen said Fetterhoff is a well-known resident who grew up in town. He said he is a member of the Greencastle Volunteer Fire Co. and active in the Greencastle Sportsman's Association.

Bob Ebersole, chief of the volunteer fire department, said Fetterhoff has been a member for years but is not an active firefighter.

He said he has regularly attended the fire company's carnivals and is generally liked.

"I never knew him to cause any trouble. I have no idea why anyone would want to hurt him," he said "He seemed like he was quiet and kept to himself. He really never bothered anyone."

Anyone with information can contact Investigator Roy L. Harsh at 301-791-3020.

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